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Toyota Camry, Sedan
Apr 08, 2003 (6:39 am)
I'm guessing that's like an ignition coil on an older car?
Apr 08, 2003 (4:36 pm)
Oh, well, I lose but he got it fixed---great!
Actually my guess would only have cost you $15 and might have done some good, so I don't feel too malicious in suggesting it.
#481 of 488 92 Camry with 253,000 miles
Apr 09, 2003 (8:04 am)
I had taken your suggestion earlier in a last ditch effort to save money. After 2 tanks with the fuel injector cleaner it was steadily going down hill.
I do appreciate the fact that you guys were able to confirm what I should have tried first. I don't feel as bad about spending money if I can rule out what I shouldn't spend it on first.
So thanks for replying! It was a big help.
Apr 09, 2003 (8:07 am)
...glad to see your Camry is back up and running. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that igniter thingie cost to replace?
Apr 09, 2003 (8:10 am)
...I searched on the 'net to find out if I could find any info on what an igniter is, exactly. I found a post by someone who had their ignition coil *and* igniter replaced so I'm guessing an igniter is something different from what I thought it was. Does the igniter replace the distributor, maybe? I know most modern cars don't have distributors anymore.
Apr 10, 2003 (3:53 am)
I also have never ever heard of an igniter. Sounds like a British name for something we call by another name!
Apr 10, 2003 (1:39 pm)
Igniter unit is a little electronic box,sometimes
located inside a distributor. Not cheap,I know new
from Honda for my Accord $190.It also send engine
speed(rpm) to tachometer if you have one.
Apr 10, 2003 (9:33 pm)
used to all have igniters. If they go funky the engine runs badly, apart from that I know little about it (black box to me). It looks like a metal cigar, and sits on the top of the wheel well in the engine bay right next to the coil in my old celica, where I replaced it a long time ago.
Toyota charges unbelievable amounts of $$ for them, like $200, but I got one from a junk yard for $10.
#487 of 488 an igniter sometimes is referred
Apr 11, 2003 (8:50 am)
to as an ignition module this term igniter usually referenced when it comes to german cars or swedish, my first encounter and thereafter was in a volkswagen jetta noteworthy was that the same part the igniter was also used in a saab 900 both car's implemented the bosch ignition system yet the price for this component in the saab was 4x times higher in price
#488 of 488 Now I gotcha...
Apr 11, 2003 (10:05 am)
...I think on Chryslers it's referred to as an ECU (Electronic Control Unit?). It's a little box that's about 4x4x1 that's bolted to the firewall, and has a plug with about 4-5 prongs stuck to it.
At least that's how it was on both of my '79 Chryslers (yes, I was masochistic enough to put myself through TWO of that year!) and my '89...I'm sure they've moved on to something more advanced, now.